Pier vs. Peer

How do you approach your relationships? Do you approach them as a peer—meaning you view the other person as an equal? Or do you approach them as a pier—meaning you think you need to prop up the other person or carry more than your part of the load? Or do you approach relationships from the…

Mastering Your Thoughts

“Self-discipline begins with mastering your thoughts. If you can’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do.”    -Randy Pausch When was the last time you didn’t just think your thoughts, but consciously observed and dissected them so fully that you were able to uncover the underlying thread that linked them together? Several…

Tools

When I was around five years old, my father set aside some of his small hand tools in a toolbox for me to use. Often in the evenings or weekends when my father was working on a project, I would be there with him fashioning something from scrapes of wood he had discarded. Unfortunately, my…

Turn Around Your Life

“You can’t change the first thought that comes into your mind, but you can change the second and third thought.” In this short video, Abbe shows how she physically used affirmations to help herself and then others learn to transform negative thoughts and messages into a positive and supportive internal dialogue. Knowing how to transform…

Pay Attention

When I was growing up I must have heard the phrase “Pay attention” at least a trillion times. “Pay attention to what you are doing,” “Pay attention to what you are saying.” “Pay attention to what you are thinking.” It wasn’t until a more recent re-reading of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra that…

Repurposing

Neo-natal kittens need 24 hour care, because they need to be fed every few hours. The animal shelter didn’t have 24-hour, around-the-clock staff to care for these neo-natal kittens, but an ingenious solution was hatched that brought love, joy, and purpose back into many senior citizens lives. This video is a beautiful and touching account…

Harmony

What if we were taught to settle all our disagreements through a form of creative expression that captivated and inspired instead of hurting or destroying? What if we learned from a very early age that through the arts we could fully express ourselves and restore balance in our body, mind, and spirit? What if we…

Peace

When I was growing up, my mother often tried to end battles between siblings by saying, “Peace begins at home.” In those situations she was referring to peace in the house. I think the statement is accurate, but I actually think “home” refers to our body. When there is peace and harmony within us, we…

At Peace

The idea of having everyone do what I want and possibly fulfill my every desire may create a temporary delusional high, but I don’t think that approach to life could really give me long-lasting happiness or bring about inner peace. I have found that I experience inner peace when I am deeply connected to my…